Something that I have been focusing on when it comes to my astrology practice and learning is tuning into the North Node (NN). In our Natal Charts, the North Node represents what you are meant to reach for in this life. The NN is often associated with our destiny and can shed light on why we gravitate toward specific themes, energies or interests. When examining the transits and how they relate to us and our ultimate soul Journey - should we be connecting with the NN regularly? And how much weight do we give to the current NN?
To be 100 percent honest, when I was beginning my astrology journey I completely ignored the North and South Nodes. I dismissed it as irrelevant to the present moment (and therefore less important in my readings at the time) because it represented our life's purpose and the main lesson we are meant to learn. I was reluctant to use such terminology as “destiny” or “life's purpose” which is why the NN didn't call to me. Since then, having practised astrology for over 6 years now, exiting another spiritual awakening and working through a lot of personal reflection- I now understand why working with the NN regularly can be very impactful for our personal growth and overall journey.
Previously I thought “Why to focus on the ideal? Why understand the NN if you are not there yet, it just gives me self doubt and disappointment”. Now, I understand that your perception of the NN/your destiny and life purpose can fluctuate with your experience and as you get older. An important thing to remember is that Astrology does not have to be viewed as predeterministic or set in stone (however there are different schools of thought who prefer to see astrology as predeterminism and that is okay). Consider how astrology is a tool to check in with yourself and your personal growth. By this, I mean using astrology to ask yourself thought provoking questions, address the energy you are working through, what thoughts remain “unseen” or what you are avoiding.
Understanding your NN placement can help you understand why you feel reluctant to put effort into something. Yes, the NN can indicate what you might feel naturally drawn to but that doesn't mean that these things come easy and as humans, we often feel that pull of reluctance or laziness when it comes to putting effort into some of the life themes indicated by the NN.
If you use astrology in this way, the NN can help connect you to confidence, trust and adjustment when needed.
Let me walk you through some personal scenarios.
My NN is 29 degrees Libra in my 8th house which puts focus on personal transformation and deep relationships with other people. Another delineation of this placement is working with the paradox of perfection and imperfection, interest in the hidden mysteries and romantic relationships. For most of my life until my mid 20s, I was hyper focused on getting a romantic partner - this strong desire could be explained by North Node. When experiencing the ups and downs in my romantic life I found comfort in understanding that these desires activated by my NN was something that I would achieve throughout my life, and I had a lot of lessons to learn. Interpreting my placement in this way helped me understand that I needed to see my failures in relationships as growth and stay aware of the lessons being taught to me. They are part of the process.
Interpreting this placement also helped me understand that I was missing a major focus in my life - personal transformation. I was so focused on relationships that I dismissed being honest and active with my personal growth and ways I needed to grow before I could have successful relationships. My life has greatly improved when I am connecting with my personal goals and psychological and spiritual growth.
Now that I have my Romantic relationship in a good place (getting married in 2023 woo!) and have regular self care process and support system for my inner work, the NN is revealing a new layer of life lessons. Intimate relationships with other people. The jury is still out on how this will resolve or show up, but I am recognizing that I need to extend myself outward and connect more with others on a deeper level. By regularly checking in with the meaning of my NN placement and how it shows up in my life I am less afraid, ashamed and disappointed in the lessons I am currently learning. I have more clarity on a major life lesson I am moving through and am more comfortable being honest, confronting it and making adjustments when needed.
Now, lets look at examples of the NN in transit.
Currently, the North Node is in Taurus. Looking at the NN alone in transit represents the quality we need in order to grow. This could mean that as a collective we all need to adopt some Taurus qualities over its time there which ends in July 2023. The Taurus NN can call us all to adopt behaviors that stabilize, nourish and support ourselves, families, communities. We may focus on Venusian themes such as sex, arts, sensuality and
Todays NN in Taurus is opposite my natal moon sign and inconjunct (150 degrees) to my natal NN. With this point interacting with my natal moon sign There is an undercurrent of emotional energy and growth that will need more attention in order for me to uncover and work with it clearly.
These are ways that the NN in Taurus has influenced topics related to my natal NN. Before looking into this for this article these feelings have been quite prominent in my life, in my personal work and internal dialogue.
So, What do I do with this?
After examining this I am better prepared to evaluate my goals.
Q:Have any of my big goals actually correlated with the above evaluation of the NN?
A: NO - they are all about business.
Q:Why do I have business goals?
A:Because I feel like I need to be super successful in the way our current cultural standard identifies it.
Q: What Goals can I create that are more aligned with what the NN is telling me?
A: Goal 1: To commit to understanding my relationship with food and how it influences both my relationships and personal well being (I identify as a compulsive overeater, see Overeaters Anonymous for more info).
Goal 2: Make Goals with my partner, if they are about money or business, understand that the goal is coming from a place of working with my partner, supporting him and having mutual trust and understanding.
And the dialogue can continue from there.
In conclusion, understanding your North Node and the “Long Game Life Goal” assigned to you in this life provides a guideline for evaluating your goals and dreams. Adding the interpretation of the present day NN and how it interacts with your astrology allows you to adjust goals based on how the energy is working for you, using your natal NN as a guiding point to come back to.
If you are interested in examining your North Node in this way - Book an astro check in with me here and type North Node in the notes!
The Sun moves into Taurus April 20th and New Moon in Taurus on April 30th.
The Sun shinning in the sign of Taurus always bring goodies to me. This is Taurus energy at its finest. Plants and flowers are growing from the ground, the earth begins to provide us with more nourishment and beauty. We usually take this time to celebrating Taurus themes like the earth, sustainability and nourishment - through things like gardening, spring cleaning and mothers day in North America! Taurus Season asks us to consider what in our life needs tending to, where do we need to clear away weeds or what goal do we need to re-pot into new soil. The following horoscopes help you tune into the main themes of Taurus season for you and how to use the power of the New Moon on April 30th to call new energy forward.
The Sun has spent the last four weeks in your sign. When it moves out and into the sign of Taurus, Aries individuals gain a great opportunity to let their new goals take root. It is important for you to consider your values. What are your big goals in life and how can show yourself (and others) the value you put towards them. An example would be taking a class, beginning to write that article or speaking up about your goals. Another way Taurus season influences Aries signs is a focus on the material world and money which can go hand in hand with working towards your goals. This is the time to set that budget, make that investment, purchase that item or class that you need for your next project.
This is a season of rebirth for you! If your Sun is in Taurus it also make your Solar Return but this season is just as powerful for those Taurus Moons and Rising. Check in with how you feel about yourself. Are you giving yourself enough love? Affection? Celebration? Pride? My big tip is to do something that allows you to celebrate all of yourself, good and bad, be proud of your wins and forgive yourself for any losses and fears. This season is meant to help you identify new goals and intentions to carry forward. Pay attention to goals that no longer fit and replace them with intentions that make you more happy.
Taurus Season may be uncomfortable fore Geminis because you are at the tail end of a cycle. The Sun in Taurus calls on you to take a deeper look at thinks that need to be released before your new cycle - this often shows up in us feeling discomfort or impatience that forces us to recognize where we need to change. You could find yourself turning to the spiritual world for guidance or allowing yourself to just be and go with the flow over the next 4 weeks (especially if you are a Gemini with Water Placements).
It is time to connect with the energy around you Cancer. Taurus season and Spring inspire you to reach out and engage with your community. Notice the people you connect with and how they assist in your goals and general outlook on life. If you are connected to spiritual practices Taurus season asks you to keep consistent connection with your guides and the actually energy and vibrations you radiate. This could assist you with any manifestation practices as well as developing your spiritual tools.
Taurus Season is going to be an interesting balance for you. IT will bring emphasis to your Career and Public life, you could expect a huge focus being on creating better foundations for new work goals. Progress not perfection is a good phrase to keep in mind over the next few weeks, it can be frustrating when the 10th house is activated especially for Leo's because we mistake this ambitious energy for needing to be the best of the best when really we are always learning and progressing. Focus on your growth and get clear with your work and public life goals.
Virgos usually have a pleasant time in Taurus season because the Sun is stationed in a fellow earth sign. Notice where you feel comfort and satisfaction in your progress so far and celebrate it. Taurus season puts emphases on expansion for you so you could use this time to dive deep into a hobby or new skill. If you are in school this is an excellent time to build good study habits and promote your higher education. Ultimately this season helps you work towards the goals you already have in place and allows you to open them up more. At the New Moon, check in with your goals and where they need tweaked and elaborated on.
The next 4 weeks could prove challenging to Libras. If you have been ignoring or avoiding some of the larger lessons in your life they are likely to show up and hit you in the face this season. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus just like Libra and so this solar season asks Libra individuals to examine themselves in a different way. Are there parts of your personal growth and development that you are ignoring? Has it been a while since you checked in or reflected on something important? Use the New Moon on April 30th to take your power back and look fearlessly at yourself.
For those with Scorpio Placements Taurus season marks the halfway point through one of your larger cycles this year. Examine your major life areas, the key relationships to people or projects you have. What ways are they best supporting you? Are there people or projects that you need to pay more or less attention to?
This could also be a season of some romantic focus and focus on pleasure. Beware of self-indulgence here, you could be seeking pleasure in the wrong place (like over spending, over eating, over indulging) and work on connecting with other people this season. It may feel uncomfortable btu find the balance between connecting with others and yourself while taurus season helps you consider the next steps in the annual cycle you are going through.
This is an important time for Sagittarius individuals to look closer at their health and routine. Are your doing your best to take care of your physical and mental health? Are there some practices that you have been curious about adding to your routine? Taurus season is the perfect time for you to try new things and re-vamp your routine. The coming 4 weeks will be sprinkled with lessons that remind you of your worth and how tasking good care of yourself helps you be of service to others. You will notice how the small changes you make create a larger impact on your productivity and mindset.
This is time to have fun. Stop worrying about how things will turn out, recognize the things that are outside of your control and release. The Sun is in taurus, a fellow earth sing which allows the general flow to be satisfactory, let the universe do some work while you sit back and relax this season. this is easier said than done fore a Capricorn but I mean it. Learn something new, Create, live as your alter-ego for a week. What ever it is embrace a new perspective and release your fears.
Taurus Season asks Aquarians to tune into their roots. Check in with Home and Family matters and address anything that needs to be set straight. The next four weeks can also help you strengthen your foundations - this could be by practicing a skill or learning more about a topic that is very important to you. There is also opportunity here to energetically ground yourself and recharge. You may find Taurus season to be a period of 4 weeks where you do not want to be as social and where your introverted side comes forward. Let your self recharge.
Your mental energy is going to be used a lot more this Taurus Season. You may be focused on communicating or creating content. Schedule time to work on projects that are important to you or re-vamp your social media pages / who you follow. You are also likely to be receiving messages and shown new information in the world around you. People in your life may be drawn to connect with you in a new way or on a more intimate level. Notice if connecting with others scares you or excites you. If you have issues with intimacy this could be a challenge this season but allow yourself to set boundaries and explore at the same time.
Hi Everyone! I wanted to take a quick second to thank you for a beautiful year at Sarah Goldsmith Astrology and Spiritual Coaching. Here are some of the things I am most proud of that happened this year:
1) Launched and Completed our first 12 Week Program - Own Your Astrology
2) Began offering Astro-Coaching Services
3) Created In Orbit - an Astro Advice Column
4) Ran several workshops or free webinars
5) Tripled our Clients
6) We Had our most profitable year yet.
As a One-Woman Show, this is a huge deal! And, yes, I do say "our" even though it is just me.
I want to extend some massive gratitude to you and everyone who has engaged with my business this year.
If you have liked, commented, or engaged with my content, participated in workshops, Tarot Tuesdays or paid sessions. You may not know how big of an impact your small acts have on my life. So, I am going to tell you. By liking, commenting or getting a reading, you encourage me to keep doing what I am doing. You have helped me commit to my passion for astrology and allowed me to expand my knowledge and spiritual experience. This year's love and encouragement from this community have lit up something in me and have helped me through some of my challenging transits. Thank you, and here is to 2022.
Here is our December Issue of In Orbit!
Thank you to those who asked and submitted a question. Any question submitted can be personal to your own astrology or a general astrology or spirituality question. I hope everyone has a happy Winter Solstice and Holiday season!
ASHLEY: Transit Saturn opposite my Natal Venus happening next year. But also my progressed Venus trine my natal Jupiter. Anything positive out of this transit Saturn? Or just challenges?
Saturn will be opposite my natal Venus in the 3H Aries. How will this affect my current non-existent romantic life?
This is an interesting question. Getting into progression is a little to advanced for my advice column but I am happy to get into some details of the Saturn aspects.
There are a few ways we can identify the opposition.
1.Sometimes I like to look at Opposition when a Planet is in the opposing sign its self. This would mean that Saturn has been opposite to your natal Venus since March 2021.
2. To get more specific we can identify the opposition when the planet is with in 8 degrees of the natal placement (Venus in this case). An opposition already occurred with transiting Saturn and your natal Venus April 11th to July 13th. Reflect back on this time and notice what themes were emphasized in your relationships then. With the opposition occurring again after Saturn's retrograde you have an opportunity to flip the narrative.
I noticed something interesting about this past transit. When Saturn began leaving the 8 degree check point to your natal Venus, Venus and Mars were at 20 and 21 degrees Leo, which is right on top of your natal Venus. This really emphasizes the fact that this period last year was important for some reason. Saturn approaches this 8 degree check point in opposition to your Venus again on January 2nd. The Saturn opposition energy is at its strongest from then until after in moves into Pisces in March 2023.
Now for your question, will anything positive result out of this transit or just challenges? I would say that you need to look at any challenges in a positive way. All Oppositions in Astrology ask us to look at things from a different perspective and try a new way of continuing. This transit is going to be challenging because it is asking you to break patterns. Most specifically it is asking you to break patterns in your self communication and main outlook (perhaps your main out look on romance vs self? Due to Venus in Leo.)
Saturn will also retrograde again in 6 months (June) and this further emphasizes the fact that 2022 and this opposition is meant to help you really reflect on your internal structure. Identify your journey so far and what past experiences have created specific ideals, structures and mindsets that are limiting you. Reflect on these limitations around relationships, but also how you communicate, express yourself and define joy.
Overall I would say that this transit is going to be more important for you to re-invent yourself and your perspectives around relationships so you can improve your communication and point of view on this life area so you can over come negative patterns and enter your ideal relationship in after March 2023.
ESHA: I was wondering how having BOTH Jupiter and Saturn in the 1st house during my ‘21-‘22 solar return chart may impact me? Thank you :)
Jupiter's transits from 2021 and 2022 are lots of fun, Jupiter dipped in to Pisces in May only until July 2021 and then on December 29th stays for a while until May 2022 before it Moves into Aries for 6 months. It eventually retrogrades back into the late degrees of Pisces in October 2022.
The Most important times for your Astrology regarding Jupiter in Pisces would be the previous transit in May 2021-July 2021 and December 29th - May 2022. Think back May 2021 what things began for you? It was likely to bring some new ideas around how you present yourself to the world. This can come up in many ways such as starting a business, choosing a specific career path, thinking about a physical change like a wardrobe revamp, new fitness regime or piercing.
The transit on December 29th is likely to make those initial thoughts from the spring / summer stronger. You are more likely to take action and follow through with some of these thoughts an decisions. When you find that moment of inspiration stick with it! Jupiter is a ruling planet of your Rising sign and is there to support you over the next few months. What is also interesting about your chart is that Uranus is right on your Ascendant. With Jupiter also activating this point in your chart you may overwhelmed by some decisions to create sudden change and growth in your life. Don’t cling on to fear and self doubt. This is a period of time where you learn that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Saturn's Transit into Pisces tells and interesting side of this story. Saturn Doesn’t enter your first house until March 2023 (Note: I use Whole Sign Houses style of chart division which starts the house division at the sign of your ascendant which is Pisces). However, throughout 2022 it’s position in Aquarius does create an important influence for you. Saturn in Aquarius activates a period of endings in your chart and activates your subconscious mind. This brings the opportunity for a lot of spiritual growth for you this year. Saturn is in a position that is asking you to release old structures, which is perfect for the energy of renewal and reinvention that Jupiter is bringing to tour 1st house.
Welcome to the first issue of In Orbit. an Astro Advice Column where you can submit question for personal astrological advice or general astrology inquiries. This issue is filled with some juicy tips on how to use your astrology to navigate hard times, and incorporate practices into your daily life. To submit a question for the next Issue click here!
Question 1: With the holidays coming up, and. Knowing for some this could be the first big family event since the pandemic how can we use our natal charts to our benefit and what are helpful areas in our chart to look out for to avoid conflicts.
This is such a good question. Thank you!
There are a few areas I would recommend we look at concerning family and any expected drama for the holidays.
The first thing I would recommend doing is looking at the 3rd and 4th house in our natal charts. This could be done with the knowledge you already have or by googling your placement and gathering information there.
The 3rd House represents our siblings, so the sign and any planets in the 3rd house will serve as a reminder of your relationship with your siblings. This house is also the house of communication and would reveal truths about how you communicate. It is also helpful to look at your natal mercury to remind yourself of the other layers of your natural communication and where you excel or could improve.
When looking at the 4th house, we understand how we like to be nurtured, nurture others and respond to home and family matters. Identifying specific themes in this house is important because the best way to find peace during the holidays is to understand our patterns and find solutions instead of letting them repeat themselves. The most important thing is recognizing how we like to care for others and communicate our intentions clearly. This is a good point to note because as families may not have gotten together in a while we need to remember that how we care for others may not be the same as our other family members show their love, or accept love.
By examining these areas, we will remember what we excel at regarding communication, how we prefer to be taken care of, and any truths about our siblings or families and how we relate to them. Write down any fears or limitations you feel after examining them. Then write out a solution. Ultimately we need to remember our truth and individuality to communicate our intentions and thoughts as clearly as possible while getting together with family and trying to avoid any dramatic situations.
Here is a personal example:
Taurus rules my 3rd house of siblings and communication. Taurus is a sign known for advocating for the best, most sustainable path forward. This sign is also recognized for stubbornness, being set in their ways yet being forceful supporters. These themes reflect how I communicate and how I filter my sibling's actions. Knowing this, helps me acknowledge that my siblings and I may be stubborn - so if an argument arises, I can laugh instead of getting frustrated because we are both just trying to get the other to see our point of view. There are different ways in which reflection on the 3rd house can help your psyche find peaceful reminders to navigate the season. My 4th house is ruled by Gemini, which suggests that getting together with family generally generates lots of ideas and conversation. Gemini is also known for being indecisive and noisy = 2 of the things that irritate me most with my family! Recognizing this, I know it is up to me and how I react to these things that are sure to come about and focus on the positive of great conversation and recognize when I need to retreat to recharge my batteries to continue.
Question 2: Since there are so many elements in someone's personal astrology to keep in mind, what are 2-3 simple ways you can keep astrology at top of mind in your daily life when working on personal growth for someone who is in a hurry?
Great question! I have applied this question to a typical scenario of dealing with work/life balance since that I what influences me most to tune into my astrology regularly, and hopefully itwill resonate with others!
1) Connecting with your moon sign and keeping it in mind daily.
Your moon sign helps you understand your emotional reaction to things. Being able to describe your emotional self can help you understand why you interpret criticism or support a certain way, your initial assumptions and how to adjust them. For example, if your moon is in Aries you likely react to things in extreme ways at first. This would help you acknowledge that you need to practice patience and develop a discipline to think through your reactions before letting a comment or change in plans ruin your day and stress you out.
2) Connecting with your Mars sign.
While your moon sign signifies your emotional response, Mars helps us understand your reactionary response to those emotional triggers or how you take action when given a task.
Understanding your Mars sign can help you know the best way for you to approach your workload. Do you need the pressure to perform and find duties to attack right away, like a fire sign? Or do you have more drive once you've taken a walk and eaten a good meal like an earth sign? Investigating the energy of your Mars sign can help you find peace when working in a scenario that goes against the nature of your ars sign (aka when we feel most uncomfortable). Being able to recognize why we feel uncomfortable or pressure helps us get through that discomfort easier.
Ex. My Mars is in Libra. This is Mars’ least favourite place to be and causes my focus to be scattered. I need a comfortable environment, encouragement, and coffee to feel most productive. I also work best after I have talked to someone. Since I know the deep focus is hard for me, I don’t allow myself to get upset when I struggle with getting my tasks done.
3) Using the daily moon
The Moon switches signs every 2.5 days. Recognizing these shifts can help us understand our underlying energy or activities throughout the week. For example, if the moon is in Cancer you may be more reflective or tired. It's a good time to clean your home. This just happened to me where the moon being in Cancer made me a bit more emotional when it came to communicating with ppl (aka sending out marketing emails at work), so I did what work was required of me to do on my own and then cleaned my house!
Some planners and calendars now include the daily moon, or you can get a daily moon app.
This is also a helpful way to learn the energies of the zodiac signs as the Moon moves through them at least 1ce each month.
Question 3: In relation to the above question, what are the personal practices you use daily or weekly when you're in a mode of anxiety or frustration?
When I was beginning to practice astrology, I was so anxious all the time because I felt like I couldn't make sense of everything or a lot was going on energetically. I partnered this practice with mediation and a daily tarot pull which helped me a lot. This created space for me to have a quiet moment each day, and a daily tarot pull helped me put a theme or lesson to the day. Connecting with my spiritual beliefs and my spirit guides through these practices has been super important to me when dealing with my anxieties throughout my journey.
After five years of practicing astrology, I often find myself looking at the chart of the moment in relation to my personal astrology when I am feeling frustrated or anxious. But this did come with practice. For example, Recognizing what sign was rising over the horizon in the moment could explain why I was feeling more emotional or restless. If it was a sign that was related to my 10th house, I would know that it was causing me to think about work etc.
To help you do this first, save a picture of you natal chart to your phone. 2nd go to astro.com, they always have the chart of the moment up on the front page 3. Make a cheat sheet of what the houses and planets mean to help you interpret them.
On astro.com you can also put the transiting planets on top of your natal chart for free, it is a little tricky to figure it out and may nto be mobile friendly. I purchased Astro Gold to do this on my phone easier, but it does have a larger fee.
Question 4: I still get confused about how I need to look at multiple traditional "daily horoscopes" . Can you summarize the importance of understanding all three and why understanding them are so important to understanding yourself?
Yes! It is common in astrology to know your “Big Three” which is your Sun, Moon and Rising signs. These would be the multiple signs to look at a horoscope for.
Looking at horoscopes for all three of these signs would provide a more detailed idea of your experience for that given period because they represent a different part of yourself—for example, your ego, your emotions, your personality.
You need to keep in mind how the horoscopes for these signs would be applying to your reality differently. For example, when reading a horoscope for your moon sign, remember that those are themes that may show up emotionally and not necessarily your social environment that day, and your horoscope for your Sun sign may not have as deep of an emotional truth to it.
Horoscopes for your sun sign often relate to general circumstances.
Horoscopes for your moon sign would represent your emotional body and your reaction and responses to things.
Horoscopes for your rising sing would identify energy that is obviously around you or that you are generating.
Understanding your placements in this way allows us to understand our complex natures, main characteristics and patterns better. In the example of looking at our daily horoscopes, it is helpful to look at all three to provide insight on these different parts of ourselves and how they are reacting to the present astrology.
It is important to remember that astrology is a personal experience. However, in my personal experience - this can get exhausting! At times, I have felt more drawn to read my Rising or Moon sign horoscopes and not my Sun sign. So it is important to remember that there is no rule to looking at your placements for horoscopes but trust your gut and intuition! If you read a Sun sign horoscope and need more information, look at one of the other two for example. There really are no set of rules. Don't be afraid to make your own rules, especially if it feels overwhelming to look at all three.
Personalized Astro Advice:
Question 1: I just had the eclipses in my 1st and 7th house (Gemini and Sagittarius). Relationships were a major focus, but nothing romantically came out of it. Just a potential. With the eclipses moving into my 6th and 12th house, does this mean the focus will shift and the potential romantic connection will fade? Or not become a thing until the eclipse move in my 5th house of romance? Eclipses and the major life changes they create confuse me, Sarah.
Hi Ashley! Thank you for your question. You will experience the last of these eclipses on December 4th, followed by a Full Moon in Gemini on the 18th. The Nodes themselves (which indicate the eclipses) shift a month later, on January 19th. The energy of change brought on by eclipse season is more subtle, and the transformation will be seen over time rather than in an instant. Sometimes we hear stories of that sudden change, but that could have other astrological factors. I like to think of the eclipses as working to plant seeds for that change. For example, over the two years of the eclipse cycle, the soil needs to be prepared, the tools need to be brought out, the hole dug, and then the seed is gently placed and covered up, ready to grow. This process is very different from plopping a seed into the ground and hoping for the best. Thinking about the eclipse cycle in this way suggests that the most significant change in your life areas of Self and Relationships will occur within six months after December 4th. The previous eclipses in this area are essential to reflect on. How have you felt about your relationships and yourself over the past two years? What do you want to see change? You probably have these answers ready to go because of the drama and emotions the eclipses have stirred up. The past eclipses have primed you for the change about to come!
While the eclipse cycle in your 1st and 7th house will end, because of the nature of the eclipses you will experience a lot of growth in these areas over the following year. Pay close attention to the 2022 New and Full Moons in Sagittarius and Gemini. I suggest you also pay close attention to Virgo and Pisces Season as well. You have a Stellium and T Square relating to your Sun, Moon, Mercury and Virgo, which makes it another prominent area to evaluate on aspects of the self and relationships. Pisces Season specifically highlights your 7th house regarding these signs (in a style of chart division where your 1st house is ruled by your Sun or Moon - in your case both- in Virgo, Pisces would rule your 7th House).
Question 2: Should I apply for a new job now?
Funnily enough, Mars, the planet of action is currently in your 10th house of Career, opposite to Uranus the planet of sudden change. This can mean a few things, but a simple answer would be yes, this is a great time to look for another job!
This alignment of the planets is prompting you to feel the need to make a change. It can also produce restlessness and anxiety, so it is wise to think through your choices, create pros and cons lists etc. These aspects suggest that it will take a bit more time for the change to come, but it is an excellent time to initiate it.
I’ve spoken to you personally, and SEVERAL interesting astrological aspects are hitting your chart concerning Career, Home and Family, Self and Relationships - all of which I know are part of this theme of looking for new jobs. Saturn is sitting on top of your Ascendant right now, making self reflection and assuredness a little more complicated. In other words, the pressure of having to make life-changing decisions is bringing you down. You need to create some mental space and decide just to be confident with the decision you choose to make. Saturn loves when we take authority, so try your best to channel your inner authority over your own life. OMG, I just realized the word “authority” has the word Author in it because we are the Authors of what we take authority on. WOW. Did everyone else know this?
Anyways, the months surrounding your birthday will be crucial to this change as they also welcome your Saturn return. This generates a lot of fundamental change. People often experience moves, job changes and relationships changes at the time of their Saturn Return. All of which are starting to begin with you right now. This is just the beginning of some wider change your will experience.
I was reminded of something very important about planetary retrogrades today. Retrogrades occur regularly, and we may often find ourselves recognizing a pattern in our life struggles that correlate with the retrogrades. In this article I want to break down the meaning of each planetary RX, their shadow and what patterns you would be addressing during these periods. First, I want to clarify a few things.
Retrograde is when a planet looks like they are moving backward in degree from the POV on earth. No, they do not actually move backward, the backward motion is technically an optical illusion due to the nature of the orbit being and oval or ecliptic (higher and lower on different sides) and therefore being on a different track than earth. The retrograde ends when the earth and the planet are now on different sides of the track where the planet is no longer looking like it is moving backwards.
You can think of it like two trains on separate tracks, one train is on a fast track the other experiences hills or mountains where that train moves slower. as the first train remains on the fast track and the other slows down it looks like it is moving backward.
Shadow Periods are being discussed a lot more this year, this is because a lot more people are looking to astrology for their personal healing! The Shadow period of retrograde helps us acknowledge the shift and time of change and integration rather than assuming "Hey, retrogrades done lets go back to normal now!" And being faced with even more obstacles because we are resisting change. The Shadow begins when a planet reaches a degree that will eventually be the last degree the planet retrogrades to, and it ends when the planet reaches the last degree it reached before its retrograde. For example. Mercury moves through Gemini and begins its retrograde at 5 degrees, in 3 weeks it retrogrades into 19 degrees in Taurus before stationing Direct. This would mean that the shadow period began at 19 degrees Taurus and ends when it reaches 5 degrees Gemini again.
Here is a diagram from www.evolvingdoor.ca/miscarticles/rxstation.htm for a great visual! And below that a tweet with a very helpful graphic of understanding our solar systems orbit.
Mercury RX happens every 3 months - we basically get a Mercury RX every Season (Winter, Spring, Summer Fall that is). Every 3 months you may notice a personal issue comes to a tipping point. For example: personal breakdowns about your romantic life every 3 months, work stress culminating every 3 months, anxiety at an all time high every 3 months etc.
This is Mercury RX trying to get you to fix a problem. I am not talking about "every three months I get into a fight with my partner so we must break up to fix it" I am talking about fixing the internal reasons for those tears, anxiety or stresses. After all, retrogrades represent turning inwards.
Mercury specifically brings up a lot of topics around self communication and perception of the world around you. As the planet of communication and processing information Mercury RX can be a lot to handle because we receive contradictory information or feelings that challenge our perception of the world, or situations that we feel "safe" in. Retrogrades are the cosmos pushing us to challenge ourselves and grow. This is why if you ignore any shadow work or personal development during retrogrades, that theme is surely to come around again and again.
Mercury RX Shadow lasts about 2.5 weeks before retrograde and 2.5 weeks after thanks to mercury moving the fastest. Lets do some math. give or take Mercury Rx and shadow last 8 weeks, it occurs 4 times a year 9x4=32. there are 52 weeks in a year. This means that over half of the calendar year is spent under the influence of Mercury retrograde and its shadow. This is why I believe keeping up with personal development practices and regular self reflection are known to benefit people.
Venus stations retrograde every 18 months or Year and a Half for about 6-7 weeks. With a 4 week shadow before and after Venus Rx's influence totals to 3.5 months every 18 months.
Venus Rx and its shadow get us to reflect on our sense of pleasure and love. During this cycle we can not help but think about our relationships and the balance between them. If there is an imbalance of give and take in relationships it is certainly going to be prominent during a Venus RX.
Venus RX stirs the pot to help us evaluate what makes us feel good and fulfilled. not only will we ask ourselves if relationships are providing equal support but we will be asked: Is your job providing you with satisfaction? Does the environment/space/house you live in feel comfortable? Do you like the way you feel in your body?
Venus RX wakes up our tactile senses and we often find ourselves re-inventing something. Buying that new car that drives smoother, treating ourselves to a re-vamped wardrobe or new hair cut. We are invited to look at material things and how they provide us with happiness, confidence and pleasure as well.
The planet of War, Action and Reaction, Mars, retrogrades only every 2 years. When Mars stations retrograde we are being asked to evaluate our actions over the past 2 years and evaluate where we need to change. Mars rules our action and reactions or our motivation behind these so we also need to use the Mars retrograde period to evaluate what truly is motivating us.
This often brings with it a shift in our perception. If mars Rx is accompanied by Mercury in the communication zones of your chart a Mars retrograde can be particularly potent in re-wiring your habits.
Mars' retrograde time usually last about 3 months, with the before and after shadow periods accumulating to a total of 7 months under Mars RX energy every 2 years.
Jupiter Retrograde is an interesting one to look at. Jupiter rules the energy of expansion, abundance and joy. We experience its retrograde once a year for 4 months, with the pre and post Rx shadow periods its influence is around for 9.5 months out of the year. That is only 2.5 months a year with no influence of Jupiter Rx! No wonder humans are constantly searching for happiness and more joy/abundance/prosperity! Could it be because Jupiter Rx influences a huge chunk of the year and we are not always aware of its influence?
This is a great example of how astrology can be used to correctly use the collective energy. When Jupiter is in retrograde we are asked to reflect on our joy and explore new things that make us happy or feel expansive! In the Culture we live in today we can often feel limited by the structures society puts on us. Jupiter Rx asks us to find the abundance with in our selves. Jupiter Rx can be used to deeply develop different areas of your life and call in growth where it is needed. Every year Jupiter would hit a different life area (astrological house) in your chart and this can indicate which area to focus your growth and abundance on in that year.
While Jupiter allows us to look beyond the structures society puts on us, Saturn asks us to look directly at them. Saturn is the planet of authority, discipline, structure and limits. Saturn also retrogrades every 12 months, and last about 4.5 months allowing its shadow periods to elongate its influence over the course of 11 months. Yes. Technically speaking there is only 3.5 ish weeks a year where we are not in the degrees of Saturn Rx's influence.
But this does not mean we are constantly in Saturn Rx energy. This means that like with Jupiter each year carries an underlying theme for us connected to Saturn Rx.
These themes usually have to do with us setting boundaries. When we are in Pre-Rx Shadow situations will come up to shake us up and get us thinking, maybe we set some trial boundaries. Then in the 4 months of Saturn RX we are forced to look at our inner and outer world and set firm boundaries to address our limitations. We may also find ourselves called to restructure our lives in some way (again, this could be relevant to the life area (astrological house) highlighted in your chart by the sign that Saturn is in). Then in the post retrograde shadow we begin to integrate these changes and ideas we confronted in retrograde. Depending on where the other planets are Saturn Rx Shadow can actually bring more change in our material world since we are more ready to make desicions and integrate what we have learned.
The Outer Planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto also station Retrograde but for longer periods as they are a further distance from earth. I didn't include them in this article since I want to study more about their influences. Right now I find that the Inner Planets and their Retrograde Cycles have the most relevant influences to those who read my content :)
Stay tuned for more!
"New Moon Flu" was a term I heard floating around when I was getting my Moonlogist Certification. I was reluctant to believe it was real - the moon having such an affect on my body. But boy have themes last 6 months proved me wrong.
I want to share my particular experience with the most recent New Moon in Libra October 2021. I was on an upward trajectory - finally getting into routines and actively practicing mindsets that were healthy and keeping me from an anxiety spiral. I felt like nothing could stop me I was finally stepping into an energy I have been trying so hard to get to.
In comes the New Moon. October 6th hit me like a bag of bricks with migraines, allergies and yes, an anxiety spiral. I was actually shocked. Normally, I only get migraines due to hormones and I had just finished a successfully pain free period cycle. What was going on?
And then I remembered about the New Moon Flu, was this what that was? The physical affects that the moon brings are said to be reminders for people to turn inward. Was this a sign to step away from my virtual work world and relax? What do I need to turn inward about? I looked at my astrology and the New Moon in Libra was Activating my 12th house from my Moon Sign, my 8th house from my Rising Sign and my 3rd House from my Sun Sign. This is a nasty combination of house activations that calls upon some inner reflection - and yes, I was ignoring it.
These symptoms of the New Moon Flu did not stop after the 6th, I got so frustrated, what was i doing wrong and why was the New Moon, a astrological time for manifesting pulling me out of this perfect rhythm and routine I had going to be on track for my dream life? This is when I remembered another thing about astrology - like in life, nothing is permanent and the ever shifting energies of the skies remind us of that. This was a perfect example.
I participate in other spiritual practices so, I consulted my guides, meditated di some tarot cards and the messages I received reminded me that this New Moon Flu experience was not a set back but a reminder of what I do not want, offering me space to be shown an evaluate the importance of the habits I couldn't give 100% to while feeling low. ( I also think Saturn had something to do with it since she is so close to station direct that this was one last curve ball thrown at me to make sure I committed to specific structures in my life).
My new assumption is that the New Moon Flu hits you when you need it most. Sometimes it is to step away physically and mentally, other times it is a reminder of what a regression in progress means to you or both! My tip for you is to recognize what life areas you struggle the most with (look up the Astrological Houses) and prepare for the Moon Cycle that activates those houses, allow yourself the time to be slow, fail or falter. Accept the process.
Own Your Astrology is officially happening and I can not wait to connect with you! 💃💫💕
This 12 week workshop is something I have been dreaming up and waiting for the perfect time to present. What better time then as we absorb our transition for smmer to fall and move through the intensity of Scorpio season and the Death and ReBbrith it regularly brings. This 12 week workshop was designed to re-introduce ourselves to ourselves! It is meant to teach you the basics of astrology. help learn about our Natal Chart and master our own astrology!
Have you ever said something like "I'm a Cancer so sorry for being so emotional" or "My Venus is in Aries so I can't help but attract toxic relationships!". Over the past 5 years an an astrology I noticed that participating in "popular astrology" tends to put blame on our astrology. The minute we know something new about our natal chart we use it to explain away our problems or insecurities. With this workshop I will show you how to interpret your placements and take ownership of them. Instead of blaming them you will begin to understand them and learn to overcome their negative qualities.
This is a 12 week workshop with a live session every Sunday to learn and examine a new part of your chart. It is run via zoom and has a live Facebook group. All sessions are recorded so there is no pressure to attend in real time. There is also bonus astrology learning material and tips as we move through the 12 weeks.
It is only 65$ because I wanted to make this community as affordable as possible. It's like you buying me a latte for each session😉 (I love lattes.) There is also an option for 2 payments of 35 over 2 months.
We will be a smaller group (5-12 ppl) in order for more questions and live help from me!!
I can' wait to go on this journey with you.
Now that we are on the other side of the Summer solstice, I want you to reflect on something. Your astrological Sect.
To put it simply, Sect is if you have a day or night natal chart. To be extra specific, in your natal chart is your Sun sign located in the bottom half of the chart (if so, you have a night chart) or the top half of the chart (if so, you have a day chart). The Summer solstice on June 21st marked the brightest day of the year, and the following days mark us moving toward the darkness again as we approach the winter solstice in 6 more months.
I want you to pay attention the upcoming weeks and months and notice, which period (before or after the solstice) felt more fruitful or focused? Which period did you have more energy and which period made you the most uncomfortable? This may correlate to Sect.
If you are of the Day Sect and have your Sun sign located in the top half of your chart, the months pre-solstice may have proven more fruitful to you and the upcoming months may grow more and more contrary to your sect (as we go into darkness). This can make the upcoming months more uncomfortable and mentally intense as we are called to make more personal, emotional and spiritual adjustments.
If you are of the Night Sect the gradual movement towards winter may work in your favor. The solstice may have acted as a portal where immense stress and discomfort culminated around June 20-22 and now you are on the other side. As we move toward the winter those of the night sect may find more harmony, easy movement and confidence. At least, more so compared to what was experienced in the last 6 months.
Love Note: This short article is based off of personal musings from my own astrological studies interpretations and intuitive messages. I personally believe that there is not right or wrong with astrology but that there are endless perceptions and if the point – of – view is for the reader they will know. Feel free to share your perspectives and comparisons. Even if you think there are contradictions, speak up! This way we can all experiment and learn with astrology.
Astrologer, Past Life Regression Therapist and Intuitive. Sarah writes articles on current astro happenings, historical astro interpretations and spiritual topics.